Storm Recap. It's rough when you're right on the rain-snow line. That was certainly the case with this last storm; a 1-9" range in snowfall amounts just across the metro area. 1" in Jordan, 9" at Andover. If I went on the air and predicted 1-9" I'd be locked up for being barking mad! But that's precisely what happened. Alexandria picked up a cool foot, with some 15-20" amounts in the Duluth area. Had the storm not hooked 100 miles farther north, pulling milder air 4,000 to 6,000 feet above the Twin Cities last night, we'd be digging out from 6-12" in the downtowns. As it was everything shifted about 50-75 miles farther north. Much of the metro did see a plowable snow - a lot of people relieved they didn't have to shovel out from under a foot of cold, slushy glop. The ice didn't help matters either, a few hours of glaze ice during the wee hours of the morning snapping some trees, especially north/west metro. Word to the wise: if you like snow get out there this weekend, possibly the best weekend of winter for snowmobiling and cross country skiing. Considering we may reach 50 in the metro by next Tuesday you should take advantage of this (rare) late winter snow.
* photo above courtesy of Tricia Frostad in Chanhassen, where ice accumulated to a depth of about 1/10th of an inch, enough to bring down 3-5" diameter trees.
Snowfall Totals. Here's a good update from the local NWS office, showing the amazing range in snowfall amounts across the metro area. An inch or two southern suburbs, 2-4" in the downtowns, as much as 8-9" for the northern suburbs from Elk River to Ham Lake, Andover and Osceola.
More Amounts. Here are more details on how much snow fell across the state.
Wild And Windy Wednesday Along The North Shore. Check out some of these wind speeds in the Duluth area. Gale force winds.
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A sloppy cool front limps across the state today, squeezing out a few hours of showers and possible thunder - nothing severe is expected. Saturday may look and feel like something out of late September or early October with low humidity, bright sun, a cool breeze and unlimited visibility. Clouds increase Sunday PM but I still think we'll salvage a pretty good day. The stickies return next week, nothing oppressive yet, just a taste of what's probably coming later in June and July. I'm amazed by how fast the drought is fizzling. The trends are encouraging...
After a nagging drought it's good to be getting rain again - have you noticed how green it is out there? Better than yellow, or mud-brown, which is what much of Texas is waking up to as flood waters begin to recede. Today's blog includes a few stories about a possible climate connection, and El Nino may be a factor as well, helping to energize the southern branch of the jet stream. Enjoy 80s today; a surge of Canadian air cools us off over the weekend but long-range guidance is hinting at real heat within 2-3 weeks. We're probably due.
Never a dull moment in the weather department, and with a moderate drought it's hard to get too indignant about a soaking rain, especially on a Tuesday. The drought is fizzling as tropical moisture finally reaches Minnesota, a trend which should spill over into much of June. After a raw day yesterday you'll get a chance to whine about the heat and humidity today and tomorrow as the mercury surges past 80F and dew points push into the 60s. Instant summer.
Well, the sun did come out by late afternoon and evening, allowing us to salvage a little of our Memorial Day, especially central and southern Minnesota. Up North it was a total wash-out, but then again the weather Up North was pretty fine Friday and Saturday. We dry out today, a few 80s by Wednesday and Thursday before we dry out and cool down for the weekend. It could be worse - you could be looking for higher ground in Austin, Texas.
Look at the bright side: you won't have to worry about a painful sunburn today - and watering will be optional until further notice. The big news, of course, is that the drought continues to ease as we limp into a much wetter pattern, one that shows no sign of quitting into early June. Details on Memorial Day weather, and why we won't be getting another boat anytime soon, in today's weather blog.